Henrikh Mkhitaryan: What I’ve learnt at Man United

The Manchester United midfielder reflects on his first season at Old Trafford

Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan Photo: Tag Heuer

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed that the Manchester United midfielder is trying to be more like a beast or monster on the pitch.

The Armenia international moved to the Red Devils in a £30m deal from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the 2016 summer transfer window.

Jose Mourinho used his summer signing sparingly in the opening months of the 2016-17 campaign due to apparent concerns about his fitness.

However, Mkhitaryan started to make an impression during the festive period with a number of crucial goals in the Europa League and the Premier League.

The 28-year-old has scored one goal and has made 10 assists in 37 appearances in all competitions during his first season in England.

Mkhitaryan has also scored vital goals in their Europa League victories over Saint-Etienne, FC Rostov and Anderlecht.

Speaking to Manchester United’s website about what he has learnt in his first season at Old Trafford, Mkhitaryan said:

“What have I learned? I think the pace, the quickness and the strength because, being here, you have to adapt to the English Premier League and to the football. That is what I am doing now.

“I am really different on the football pitch. I try to be like a beast or a monster! I fight for every ball and try to do my best.

“Outside of the pitch, I am more quiet and more humble, and I don’t like to be very aggressive or anything like that.”

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Manchester United will take on La Liga side Celta Vigo in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night.

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